It was supposed to have been a relaxing fishing trip and picnic with family and friends but that all ended when government agents turned up and arrested five members of the group.
The five men – all Christians – have not been seen since the incident in Firuzkuh, east of Tehran, last Friday and their families do not know where they are being held.
Please pray for our brothers: Ramiel Bet Tamraz (left), Amin Nader Afshar (below), Hadi Askary, Mohamad Dehnay and Amir Sina Dashti.
They are among 37 Christians detained in Iran last month: the number of arrests of house church members has risen sharply since June.
The five were arrested without a warrant. There are concerns they may be pressured to give false confessions against Ramiel’s elderly father, Victor Bet Tamraz, who’s a key leader in Iran’s house church movement.
Pastor Victor was arrested at his home, along with Amin, over Christmas in 2014. They were later released on bail. Victor was informally charged with evangelism, illegal house church activities and printing and distributing Bibles, but has yet to be summoned to court.
- Pray for the immediate release of our five Christian brothers. Ask God to protect them and fill them and their wives with His perfect peace.
- Ask God to protect Pastor Victor and pray that officials will decide not to prosecute him.
- Pray for steadfast faith for our Christian family in churches across Iran.
(Source: Morning Star News, Middle East Concern)